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Old 03-01-2013, 11:47 PM   #1
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The One Day Challenge - Create a track from start to finish in one day

The One Day Challenge - Create a track from start to finish in one day.

This Saturday I plan to do what I call "The one day challenge". I thought it would be a cool idea to post this thread in that it might inspire others to do so too.

This is not an official competition, there will be no judges, no prizes.

What is the purpose of this challenge? Being time constrained helps you practice being concise and not waste time, quickly tossing away things that don't work, stops the endless tweaking and stops you from zoning in to surrealistic sound design on sounds that have little chance of actually being of used. This challenge helps you see where you stand and which areas of production you are least confident in and need improvement. A lot of people have the problem of starting a project and never finishing it leaving a trail of unfinished tracks so this might help you train the skill of finishing a track.

Rules: The only rule is to make the track from start to finish, including mixing, in one day. If you have any other uncertainties just judge for yourself and make your own decision on what this challenge means to you. There is no genre limit,you can make anything from IDM and ambience to brostep and pop music, even xNOISEx can post his 5 mins of white noise if that's what he chooses to do xD.

There are no other time constraints, you don't have to wait until Saturday (the day I chose for my challenge) to do this and there is no deadline either.

Please note that the purpose of this thread is not for you to receive validation or recognition for your "cool swagger tracks" and not a place to increase your soundcloud fanbase either. This is first and foremost to train your own skills and second to see the interesting things people make in this time constrain.

Personally I plan to give the track I make in this challenge away for free (unless it sucks ass xD ) to help relieve the stress of "I must make this track good enough to make it to my new EP" and other seriousness. I also plan to do more of these challenges in the future but we will cross that bridge when we come to it.

I think I covered it all, so without further ado; let the games begin.

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Old 04-01-2013, 12:22 AM   #2
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Re: The One Day Challenge - Create a track from start to finish in one day

Most of my tracks. Well I had no choice when my DAW was getting wiped off the HD daily, so I kind of eased into that workflow.

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Old 04-01-2013, 03:22 AM   #3
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Re: The One Day Challenge - Create a track from start to finish in one day

I've kinda hit a block since my last track. Gonna try this on Saturday as well. Why not?
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Old 04-01-2013, 04:24 AM   #4
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Re: The One Day Challenge - Create a track from start to finish in one day

Really not all that difficult. I cant say any of mine were sure fire keepers but it's something I already do on occasion.

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Old 04-01-2013, 01:10 PM   #5
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Re: The One Day Challenge - Create a track from start to finish in one day

Yeah I'm not saying these have to be masterpieces, in fact I expect mine to be at first ambitious but then because of the time constraint I won't have time to articulate it endlessly so by the end of the day the approach will probably have to be in a minimalistic style and just work with what I got.

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Old 05-01-2013, 08:39 PM   #6
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Re: The One Day Challenge - Create a track from start to finish in one day

I remember Madeon live tweeting himself doing this a couple months ago, except he did 2 tracks in one day. Seems like a cool idea, looking forward to hearing your track
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Old 05-01-2013, 11:36 PM   #7
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Here it is. I am really happy with the results although my body disagrees from all the stress xD

I really had no idea what I was going to make when I opened my DAW. I just opened Massive and started making a patch, made a melody, got stuck, made additional melodies and scrapped the old ones and worked from there. I'm not really that up to going really indepth right no because when I produce my body get's all tense sort of like when you are on speed and your body cries for "more" so after a whole day of that I'm really beat. The most obvious thing I learned was: Fabfilter Pro plugins devour your CPU. If you have any questions fire away. Peace.

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Re: The One Day Challenge - Create a track from start to finish in one day

Man I was legit gonna do this but a bunch of stuff came up and bombed up my weekend. I'll give it a shot next weekend. Should be a quieter one.

That's a really cool track leftfoot!
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Old 07-01-2013, 01:48 AM   #9
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Re: The One Day Challenge - Create a track from start to finish in one day

Thanks. It really surprised me afterwards what this track turned out to become, it's not what I usually make or listen to xD but I couldn't be happier with the results. I am especially happy with the mixing, probably the best mix job I have done yet.

I think I will take another go at this challenge the weekend two weeks from now but who knows maybe I will do it earlier. Hope to see some tracks by others in the meantime.

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Old 07-01-2013, 02:42 AM   #10
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Re: The One Day Challenge - Create a track from start to finish in one day

the one in my sig was composed in a day, i just redid the mix several times over a few more days. but i guess you could consider it a one day track, the only thing i changed in the mix was the bass, as i listened on headphones and found the bass too much, so i adjusted it a few times. but other than that it was all in one day.

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Old 07-01-2013, 04:02 AM   #11
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Re: The One Day Challenge - Create a track from start to finish in one day

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Here it is. I am really happy with the results although my body disagrees from all the stress xD

I really had no idea what I was going to make when I opened my DAW. I just opened Massive and started making a patch, made a melody, got stuck, made additional melodies and scrapped the old ones and worked from there. I'm not really that up to going really indepth right no because when I produce my body get's all tense sort of like when you are on speed and your body cries for "more" so after a whole day of that I'm really beat. The most obvious thing I learned was: Fabfilter Pro plugins devour your CPU. If you have any questions fire away. Peace.
At first I thought it was going to sound crap, but after a while it started to be really enjoyable. I'll be following the rest of your music for sure.
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Old 07-01-2013, 04:07 AM   #12
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Re: The One Day Challenge - Create a track from start to finish in one day

lol, a lot of my songs from when i first started would take about 2-3 hours, sometimes 1-2 depending on the genre. they sounded (usually) fairly bad, but then again it was when i first started.
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Old 29-12-2013, 06:34 AM   #13
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Re: The One Day Challenge - Create a track from start to finish in one day

Coolio, I AM TOTALLY GONNA DO THIS


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Old 29-12-2013, 07:07 AM   #14
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Re: The One Day Challenge - Create a track from start to finish in one day

There is an old compilation on peppermill records called 30 days, (i would link but i'm not allowed to post links yet) where 30 artists/bands where given one day each on wich to make and submit a track, the results where suprisingly good. perhaps thats not a stupid idea to try here to ?
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There is an old compilation on peppermill records called 30 days, (i would link but i'm not allowed to post links yet) where 30 artists/bands where given one day each on wich to make and submit a track, the results where suprisingly good. perhaps thats not a stupid idea to try here to ?

No, not stupid at all. I'm all about projects that help get people's creative juices flowing.
I'd like to see some evidence that members here are at least interested if not entirely capable of turning in a masterpiece before we commit to anything though.
The other issue with those projects is that some people begin to feel it's a test of some kind, others will cheat and go over their allocated 24 hours and stuff like that.
Let's leave this thread a little longer and see if it picks up a bit.

But yeah we could try something like that.
I quite liked the idea of doing a single in a day, an EP in a week and an album in a month.
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Re: The One Day Challenge - Create a track from start to finish in one day

I compose albums in an eventing. The hard part is saving up for the one perfect day, it can take months.
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Re: The One Day Challenge - Create a track from start to finish in one day

Why don't you just make a compilation of the best bits at the weekend instead?
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Re: The One Day Challenge - Create a track from start to finish in one day

^ I've been doing that a bit too, turns out they all suck

My submission is in my sig. Turned out a little quieter than I had wanted, but I blame soundcloud.
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So, its technically not one day cause we went back the next day and mastered it and touched up a couple small things like panning and timing. but less than a day of work thats for sure...

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I quite liked the idea of doing a single in a day, an EP in a week and an album in a month.
I second this notion and its not out of the realm of possible with proper time management. I hope this thread sticks around for a while. (I am fairly confident that it will.)

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